As some of you may be aware, some time ago committee made the decision to undertake a systematic search of parish records in the Frome Valley area to the east of Hereford. It was hoped that any new findings might provide the missing information to establish links between member’s family trees that are known to exist from results of DNA tests that have been undertaken.
For over a year now the expertise of a local professional researcher has been employed funded from the society research fund to work on this project part-time. This research has focused on a search of church records looking at baptisms, marriages, marriage banns and burials from the start of records up to and including the year 1851. Where church records are incomplete, Bishops Transcript records have been used to supplement in an endeavour to ensure all available information has been transcribed. Good progress has been made over the last year or so and we are pleased to announce that the 39 parishes identified in this first tranche of the project have now all been searched and information pertaining to the Badham surname and associated variants transcribed.
The information held in parish record databases on the society portal has been gathered over the years from a variety of sources but much has come from sources such as IGI 1992 and the National Burial Index, both generally recognised as being incomplete. Therefore, as part of this project, all information identified will be checked against current records, new information will be entered and current records amended/ updated to reflect that it has been identified as part of the project. To date, a third of the 39 parishes have been updated on the portal and this has resulted in a substantial amount of new information particularly from early records (pre 1650) and many new burials being added.
All updated parishes have been identified on the chart contained in the linked pdf file (see below) which provides detailed information about the record source (Church or Bishops Transcript), coverage and also details of records where no Badham (including variants) have been identified. All new and updated records are referenced by ‘HEFGP’ in the ‘Correspondent’ column of the record. The pdf and included chart will be updated as new parishes become available and will be accessible via the portal.
Click HERE to view/download the pdf file containing the chart...
N.B. You need to be registered with and logged into the website if you wish to view the actual records.
Moving forward, as an extension to this piece of work a systematic search of baptism, marriage and burial records is now underway with a focus on Hereford City parishes.